LBI’s Fisherman’s Book Is “Bad To The Bone”

Author and local fisherman John J. Lahm poses with his new novel about bloodthirsty mutant sharks. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

LONG BEACH ISLAND – John J. Lahm has a passion for fishing, writing and underwater history and he put each of these interests into the creation of his book, ‘Bad to the Bone’.

Lahm, a retired US Navy crane operator, is a member of the Long Beach Island Fishing Club in Harvey Cedars. The Philadelphia resident released his book last summer. It begins with the unexpected arrival of a new species of shark that has mutated due to medical waste seeping into a Florida aquifer.

His book tells a gruesome story of shark attacks reminiscent of books like “Jaws,” but there’s a twist because these sharks are a new breed that crave not just human flesh, but blood and bone marrow as well. humans due to the ingestion of medical by-products for decades.

History reveals that when the shark becomes an adult, it is the biggest predator on the planet. It takes place around the Kings Bay nuclear submarine base in St. Mary’s, Georgia, which was built in the late 1970s.

“I contacted a publisher in Florida (Seaworthy Publications) and he didn’t know I was the same guy who had submitted work to him for the past five years, but he hired me. It is very difficult to find a publisher.

Lahm said it was shark teeth that inspired him to write his story of mystery and horror. He noted that someone had discovered them during a dredging operation and they were obviously from a very large shark.

“They were black as night, shiny as a boot and big as a hand. I felt like it was some kind of shark tooth, but I wasn’t sure,” Lahm said. Southern Ocean weather. In his book, after the Navy removes a mound of limestone during its dredging operation, the sharks begin their feeding frenzy. A school of hungry sharks emerge from the underwater springs that are their birthplace in Kings Bay.

John J. Lahm, a member of the Long Beach Island Fishing Club, holds up his new book “Bad to the Bone” which is about creating a new breed of sharks that develop a thirst for humans. (Photo by Bob Vosseller)

The writer said that although his book is fiction, he took a lot of ideas from real experiences he had during his long career. “I tend to put things together in my head. I thought to myself, this is where this story should take place inside the central core of one-third of our nuclear weaponry so that the reader can only enter it with their mind. I do my research.

He recalls that years ago, while working in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, “we had 2,000 people at work and a strange ship came up the river and we all stopped working and the guy next to me said, ‘It’s a Howard Hughes boat.

It was the Glomar Explorer formerly the USNS Hughes Glomar Explorer which was a deep sea drilling rig built for Project Azorian which was the covert effort of the Special Activities Division of the United States Central Intelligence Agency in 1974 to recover the Soviet submarine K-129.

“Later a guy who worked as a rigger told me that (Glomar) was the only ship he ever worked on that they put the keel on, the first piece of iron on the drydock and they had men with shotguns walking around.”

After the Philadelphia shipyard closed, Lahm was moved to Kings Bay Nuclear Submarine Base “and that’s where the story of the book comes from,” he said. He noted that black shark teeth that wash up during certain periods of dredging operations could be sold in town “for $5 apiece.”

The plot includes the construction of a Navy base as well as a four-lane highway connecting I-95 and also includes the environmental concerns of the Timucua people who first inhabited the land in southeast Georgia and northern Florida who fear that Navy dredging will destroy flora and burial sites there.

As in “Jaws”, tourism is threatened after the attacks begin and the danger spreads to New England. The Glomer Explorer also makes an appearance in the story.

Lahm successfully petitioned the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to approve a historical marker nomination for the Glomar Explorer. The spy ship was built with funds donated by Howard Hughes. The marker remains outside the Independence Seaport Museum.

The author contacted the United States Board on Geographic Names Underwater Features Advisory Committee after discovering that the research vessel NR-1 had located an underwater source. Lahm requested that the source be named Hole NR-1. This request was granted, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration included this name on all of its charts.

Lahm has also submitted papers to Geo-Marine Letters (an international peer-reviewed journal that offers rapid publication of concise original studies) about sinkholes surveyed in the Florida Strait four years ago. He believes that “the collapse of the Champlain High Rise in Miami Beach (June 24) was caused by the Miami Underwater Spring, nine miles east of Miami Beach.”

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